Thursday, April 24, 2014
From staff and news services
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ARKANSAS STATE: Former Texas co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin was hired as the Red Wolves' new coach.
Harsin, a former Boise State offensive coordinator, spent the last two seasons with the Longhorns, during which time Texas was 16-9.
Harsin said he will begin work immediately at Arkansas State and won't coach the Longhorns in the Alamo Bowl against Oregon State.
Harsin replaces Gus Malzahn, who left after one season to coach at Auburn. Malzahn was 9-3 this season with the Red Wolves, his first as a college head coach, and guided the team to its second straight Sun Belt Conference championship.
Texas will turn play-calling duties over to co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite.
Arkansas State will play against Kent State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Jan. 6.
ARKANSAS: Running back Knile Davis said he will enter the NFL draft and skip his senior year.
He led all SEC running backs in rushing in 2010 with 1,322 yards. He averaged 147 yards rushing over his final seven games that season.
However, he missed the 2011 season to recover from a broken left ankle. Davis returned this past season and said he was 100 percent healthy, though he gained only 377 yards rushing -- averaging 3.7 yards per carry.
ALABAMA: Quarterback A.J. McCarron said he will return for his senior season.
MISSISSIPPI STATE: Running back Nick Griffin will miss the Gator Bowl after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Griffin suffered the injury during a practice Saturday and tests revealed the damage. He is scheduled to have surgery Thursday.
Mississippi State (8-4) faces Northwestern (9-3) in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1.